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2010 Tennessee Titans Training Camp Battles: Defensive Line

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I'll be honest up front here; I have no idea what type of defensive line the Titans have. At defensive tackle Tony Brown has been a productive player in this league. That is about where it ends. Jason Jones has been great when healthy, but he hasn't really ever been healthy. Sen'Derrick Marks has a lot of "potential." Jovan Haye was a non-factor in his first year with the Titans, and you haven't heard of any of the other DTs on the roster.

Brown will start at one tackle, and I assume Jones will be the other starter. This could be a strong unit if Jones stays healthy and Marks lives up to his potential, or it could be a gaping hole in the middle of the defense.

Defensive end isn't any more predictable. William Hayes played pretty well by all accounts last season, but he still ended the year with just 4 sacks. Jacob Ford has 12.5 sacks in his first two years, but he hasn't proven yet that he is an every down defensive end. Derrick Morgan was considered by most to be the most complete defensive end in the 2010 draft, but he hasn't been able to get on the field yet with the Titans. Jason Babin is another guy the Titans have brought in praying that Jim Washburn can work his magic. Dave Ball is still on the team.

This will be a wide open battle in training camp. Hayes does return as a starter, but he could easily be unseated by someone who has a good camp. One thing is for sure, if this defense is going to be anything that resembles good in 2010, the defensive line is going to have to be a lot better than it was in 2009.

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